October 2012 Newsletter
Alelo Launches New Website
Alelo is pleased to announce the launch of our new website! Featuring a new look and enhanced functionality, the site offers users a more streamlined and resource-rich experience, Visit www.alelo.com to find out about Alelo's recent accomplishments, including nominations and awards, and to learn more about current initiatives to bring our groundbreaking technology into the corporate world.
New Markets: The International Research Foundation for English Language Education
On September 15th, Alelo representatives met with TIRF President Kathi Bailey and TIRF's Executive Assistant Ryan Damerow to discuss common research interests, needs assessment strategies, and critical sectors of the workforce.
TIRF conducts studies and disseminates research relating to English language education, including English for Specific Purposes, or occupational English, a niche that Alelo is now pursuing. Dr. Bailey agreed that there is significant potential for Alelo's simulation-based approach in many industries, and she was excited to hear that Alelo is already exploring the hospitality field.
Acknowledging a global need for greater cultural awareness and language facility, Dr. Bailey agreed that hotels in particular need well-trained staff to attend to a diverse, culturally sensitive clientele. Alelo's technology and methodology are particularly well-suited for teaching these skills to people in corporate environments with limited proficiency in English, and we plan to follow this initial venture into the hospitality area with initiatives in other industries.
Alelo's work is in line with TIRF's current focus on promoting research and best practices to improve the use of English in the emerging global knowledge economy of the 21st century.
"Mission to Senegal" Wins Prize at Serious Play Conference
In recognition of this dual achievement, Alelo's multiplayer language learning role-playing game "Mission to Senegal" won the Bronze Award for the Government/Military category at the Serious Play Conference 2012.
Developed by Alelo with contributions from Full Control ApS (www.fullcontrol.dk), "Mission to Senegal" is part of the Integrated System for Language Education and Training (ISLET) effort, a collaboration with the Academic Consortium for Global Education (www.acge.org), sponsored by the Office of Naval Research. This innovative online role-playing game combines video game design with Alelo's instructional social simulation technology and speech-understanding system to create an immersive, story-driven learning experience. CLICK HERE to watch a informational video.
Featuring over four hours of game play for 1-4 players, "Mission to Senegal" offers instruction in the French language and Senegalese culture. Players receive points for proper use of French in conversations with game characters, which allows them to advance in the game and also enhances their status in the social community of language learners. Game features include multiplayer conversations, hints, player skills, an advancement system, character persistence, items, cultural objects, mini-games, and world exploration—all integrated with the main storyline and the game's language learning objectives.
New Frontiers: Alelo's Virtual Role Player technology
VRP®, Alelo's Virtual Role Player technology, has received attention from various outside agencies, including resellers in Europe, as well as the Canadian Armed Forces, the United States Marine Corps, and others. In response to the demand throughout the world for our quality innovative technology, the executive team has decided to make VRP® Alelo's first COTS (Commercial Off-The-Shelf) product. We are currently developing a strategic plan to demonstrate and showcase the technology. Stay tuned for more exciting news!
Department of Defense Renews Phase III Support Contract with Alelo
The Business Development team is pleased to announce that PMTRASYS, through PEO-STRI, has executed the final Option Year of the OLCTS support website. The Alelo team is proud to continue to offer world-class customer service through this vehicle, and we pledge to continually renew our efforts to support the warfighter. The Customer Relations and Business Development team look forward to serving you and to finding additional opportunities to support our customers.
New! Virtual Cultural Awareness Trainers (VCAT)
Alelo has been awarded contracts to develop four new Virtual Cultural Awareness Trainers (VCATs) focused on the regions of Central America, the Caribbean, China and Southeast Asia. These courses will provide instruction on the respective cultures of these four regions and offer operational language training in Spanish and Chinese. Developed for the Joint Staff J7's Joint & Coalition Warfighting training portal Joint Knowledge Online (JKO), the new VCATs will be available in the fall of 2013 and will add to Alelo's growing catalog of courses available for critical regions of the world, including Northern Africa, Horn of Africa, South America, and Afghanistan. CLICK HERE to watch a informational video.
"Alelo is thrilled to have been chosen to develop another set of VCATs for JKO," said Dr. Lewis Johnson, Alelo's co-founder, CEO and chief scientist. "We look forward to supporting JKO's ongoing commitment to providing world-class training products."
Widely used by U.S. service members, Alelo's task-based social simulations have been recognized as a highly effective means for increasing users' linguistic and cultural competency. This success has fueled the company's expansion into international markets, with direct government sales to Australia, the United Kingdom and Germany, as well as sales to non-government organizations in the product development arena.
Danish Simulator Receives European Union Language Award
The Danish Simulator (DS), an online language and culture training platform based on Alelo technology and previous work on the Digital Pronunciation Trainer (DPT), has received the prestigious EU Language Award. Considered the European seal of quality for achievements in language learning, the Language Award recognizes projects that are innovative, effective, and able to deliver transferrable results. The award panel determined that the Danish Simulator fulfills these criteria in full.
The DS project was developed to test whether the simulator could replace a given percentage of traditional teacher-based Danish classes at language centers in Denmark without lowering the quality or effectiveness of instruction provided by an actual teacher. The report concluded that, based on the target of "increasing efficiency and creating savings without compromising the quality of the delivered service," the project was a success.
In the words of a Norwegian member of the panel, “It is different from anything we’ve seen before, it is extremely innovative and aims at making the integration of new fellow countrymen easier than by any other means available today. It uses the entire spectrum of technological possibilities available today, but puts technology second and pedagogy first — as such, it is a prime example of sensible use of technology in the service of education.”
>> CLICK HERE to wacth an informational video about the Danish Simulator.
Alelo featured in Military Training Technology magazine
Michael Emonts, Senior Business Development Specialist at Alelo, is featured in the article "Speaking the Language," Military Training Technology magazine, Sept 2012, pp. 24-25. In the article, Mr. Emonts describes the importance and impact of language instruction on the military.
Upcoming tradeshows conferences and events on the Alelo calendar
Alelo has several public events coming up in the near future. Join us at an event near you! Click here for schedule